It ended before it started …

Since late 2019 I have been preparing to deliver a Course for our local University of the Third Age called “Unleash Your Creative Spirit”. I put myself through the course for the second time and allowed all sorts of creative ideas to flourish. In some ways I turned my house upside down in the process. I have already shared some of those experiences in previous blogs.

Eighteen people enrolled and I divided them into two groups – morning and afternoon. It was due to start this Thursday 26 March and run for eight weeks (2 hours per fortnight).

I don’t think I need to tell you the cause of the cancellation! We can never predict what is going to happen from one day to the next. I am sure that is a lesson we are all coming to terms with in the time of this pandemic. It is really challenging my expectations of how I would like the world to be. I am trying to accept the things I cannot change and change the things I can. I have taken comfort in the Stoic philosophers and the following quote in particular:


The Daily Stoic message for 21 March says:

“People seek retreats for themselves in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains. You are very much in the habit of yearning for those same things. But this is entirely the trait of a base person, when you can, at any moment, find such a retreat in yourself. For nowhere can you find a more peaceful and less busy retreat than in your own soul – especially if on close inspection it is filled with ease, which I say is nothing more than being well ordered. Treat yourself often to this retreat and be renewed.’

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

Former Roman Emperor and Stoic philosopher.

Photo by Akil Mazumder on

7 thoughts on “It ended before it started …

  1. I feel the same but am sure if we follow the rules of isolation, God willing, we will survive. All the best to you, make the most of these quiet days. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love the Stoics. When your course does go ahead it will be with the right people at the right time and the energy and creative flow will be so much the richer for these quiet times. Linda x

    • In some ways it was good for it to go on hold. I was going to run two groups back to back however if I do it next Semester I think I will only commit to one group – takes a lot of energy. Thanks for your positive words!

  3. Mmmm… did it end? Or… must it be kickstarted? Or… was the start the end?? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚
    PS – I am confusing myself with words… maybe just like so many philosophers confuse us with (warped) ideas??๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฒ

    • I did run the course in July/August and it went well. Been a weird year! I am seeing a lot of what I am calling “COVID blues” – people feeling out of sorts and not really knowing why.

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